Saturday, June 20 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Roger Williams Park
Providence’s third annual Pop-Up Play Day takes place at Roger Williams Park (between the carousel and boathouse) on Saturday, June 20, presented by the Partnership for Providence Parks, Providence Children’s Museum, the City of Providence, East Side/Mt. Hope YMCA and other partners.
This FREE day of open-ended play kicks off the summer season and Playful Providence 2015 – a creative citywide celebration of play. Attendees of all ages will build forts, design structures, invent imaginative playthings and more using an abundance of “loose parts” like sticks and branches, cardboard boxes, fabric and other interesting materials. The celebration also features other playful activity stations like bubble blowing, fairy house making and chalk art plus lively music by Joe’s Backyard Band, Miss Katie from playScience and Dom LaColla.
Pop-Up Play Day and Playful Providence are planned to highlight the critical importance of children’s unstructured, self-directed play for their healthy development. Research shows that play is essential for social, emotional, cognitive and physical growth, yet kids’ time and opportunities for play are increasingly limited.
Playful Providence 2015 is an annual citywide celebration of play commemorating Providence’s status as a Playful City. This recognition from KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America’s children, honors cities and towns that make play a priority. Playful Providence events held during the summer and throughout the year will engage kids and families across the city in play, plus promote the important role that parks and community organizations have in making great places to play.
Pop-Up Play Day is planned by the Partnership for Providence Parks, Providence Children’s Museum, the City of Providence (Department of Parks and Recreation, Healthy Communities Office), East Side/Mt. Hope YCMA and Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy, with support from Kidoinfo, Elmhurst Clean & Green/Friends of Fargnoli Park and other partners.